|Unravelling the Mysteries of Mind and Body Through Abhidhamma (Sayalay Susila)|
(Buddhist Association of the United States) 2013 Bhikkhu Bodhi Abhidharma Retreat (Part 1/15)
|Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi|
The Abhidharma (Abhi="Higher" or "About," Dharma="Teaching") is the Dharma presented in ultimate rather than conventional terms.
|Sayalay Susila (sayalaysusila.net)|
The Abhidharma goes further to explicate mentality and materiality (nama and rupa) in ultimate terms (of cittas and kalapas, "mind-moments" and "particles of perception"). Ultimately, rather than the conventions of language we assume, our lives are actually impersonal, impermanent, and unsatisfactory. The reasons are explained in the Abhidharma, things, such as implications and logical extensions, about the Dharma. Consciousness is fully (viññāṇa) explained.